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How To Cut CAT5 Ethernet Cables

How To Cut CAT5 Ethernet Cables - PCSTATS
Abstract: Making Ethernet cable falls under things everyone should know - right there with the shoelace thing. Get your crimpers ready and start cutting your own cat 5!
Filed under: Networking Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Frostytech Apr 04 2000   Max Page  
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Types of Cables

Types of Cables:

There are three types of cables we will be dealing with, the first being Straight Through cable (568A), Straight Through cable (568B) and the Cross-Over cable. Networks should be kept consistent and only 568A or 568B wiring methodology used, and not interchanged. There isn't much of a difference between the two, but choose a preference and stick with it.

Straight Thru Cable (568A)
looking from bottom of plug, with end ->

Useful for PC-HUB connections
white-green
green
white-orange
blue
white-blue
orange
white-brown
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Plug one
white-green
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white-orange
blue
white-blue
orange
white-brown
brown
Plug two

Straight Through Cable(568B)
looking from bottom of plug with end ->

Useful for PC-HUB connections
white-orange
orange
white-green
blue
white-blue
green
white-brown
brown
Plug one
white-orange
orange
white-green
blue
white-blue
green
white-brown
brown
Plug two

Cross Over Cable
looking from bottom of plug with end ->

Useful for PC-PC connections
white-orange
orange
white-green
blue
white-blue
green
white-brown
brown
Plug one
white-green
green
white-orange
blue
white-blue
orange
white-brown
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Plug two

 

First thing is first, cut a length of cable. The only real limitation with Cat 5 is that the length of wire cannot be longer then 100 meters (328 Feet) for 100BASE-TX and code specifies 100 Meters for 10BASE-T aswell, though it can technically go further before signal degredation starts to play in. Whether a long length (which may need to be fed through walls before attaching the plugs) or a short length, the next step as far as we are concerned is to attach the RJ-45 jacks.

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Contents of Article: Frostytech
 Pg 1.  How To Cut CAT5 Ethernet Cables
 Pg 2.  — Types of Cables
 Pg 3.  Get ready to make your cable
 Pg 4.  Testing, tips, and conclusion

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